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23rd September 2016
EDITOR
PREVENTIVE BOIL WATER ADVISORY FOR NEIGHBOURING TOWNS SOUTH OF MONTREAL, QC

A Preventive Boil Water Advisory was issued this morning for all of Saint-Amable, QC and a few streets in neighbouring Sainte-Julie. The advisory is effective tonight, September 21 at 10 pm and is expected to last at least until Saturday, September 24.

Mélanie Waldhart, a communications adviser for the municipality of Saint-Amable explains: "The advisory is necessary to repair a break on a major water main that occurred in May, 2016; the main was repaired at the time, but it was only a temporary fix."

Waldhart says the repairs will require a complete flushing of the water main which will cause depressurization within the system.

"The break is such that we needed to plan the permanent repairs with experts", she says." Over the next two days, the water main will be totally disconnected from the system and we will be distributing water from the reservoir".

Drinking water in both Sainbt-Amable and Sainte-Julie as well as in Varennes is managed by the Régie intermunicipale de l'eau potable (RIEP); the source water is the St Lawrence River and the treatment plant for all three towns is in Varennes. Over 13,000 people are affected by this advisory.

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